This year centre-user and fundraising mastermind Kevin managed to secure us some funding from the Big Lottery Fund to start our own Nordic Walking Group, complete with poles and instructor. On Tuesday we had our first much-anticipated taster session with Martin Christie of Exercise With Friends (exercisewithfriends.co.uk) which was very well attended.
The group practiced their postures and techniques before venturing outside. The support offered by the Nordic poles means the walking is gentle on the joints as well as being a full-body workout.
Soon everyone was whizzing along! We stuck to the local area this time to see what it was all about, and finished with a well-deserved cuppa. But once everyone’s got into the swing of it we’ll go further afield – here we come Hampstead Heath!
Our next taster session is on Thursday 27th October, and we’ll be running it more regularly once the weather is a bit warmer in the new year.